War for Empire

War for Empire (HM1MBD)

Location: Oswego, NY 13126 Oswego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 27.333', W 76° 30.411'

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A Fight for Control

Oswego was a strategic spot in many military campaigns. Control of the river, an important military route, changed many times. The loss of Oswego in August, 1756 was viewed as a triumph by the French and as a national misfortune by the English as it was the loss of their most important frontier post.

A Military Route
This 18th century map of central New York shows the military transport route that connected the Mohawk Valley to the Oswego River. This route allowed war material and troops to travel from the Atlantic to the western frontier, through Oswego.

Fort Ontario
The original Fort Ontario was built during this struggle between the English and French, and it was held by each at different times.

The Fall Of Oswego
The Marquis de Montcalm, commander of the French forces in North America, takes the surrender from the English officers who had defended Oswego in the three day battle which ended August 14, 1756. Notice old Fort Oswego in the background.

Louis XV Medal
A special medal issued by Louis XV in 1758 shows the importance attached in France to the capture of Oswego. Oswego is one the places named on this rare medal, as furnishing the foundation for the French monarch's claim of universal dominion. One of only two of these medals ever issued is on display here in Oswego at the Richardson-Bates House Museum.
Placed BySeaway Trail, Inc
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Date Added Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 378089 N 4812507
Decimal Degrees43.45555000, -76.50685000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 27.333', W 76° 30.411'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 27' 19.98" N, 76° 30' 24.66" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Harbor Rail Trail - S, Oswego NY 13126, US
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